Global Firms Shrug Off Volatility to Deliver Record Dividends

The latest Janus Henderson Global Dividend Index shows companies paid out a record $263.3 billion in dividends in the first three months of 2019

Holly Black 20 May, 2019 | 8:00AM

Investors received a record $263.3 billion in dividends in the first three months of the year, as companies shrugged off stock market volatility. 

The latest Janus Henderson Global Dividend Index shows that first-quarter pay outs were up 7.5% from a year ago, helped by a number of special dividends. It estimates that a record $1.43 trillion will be paid out to investors this year. 

Pay outs in the first quarter were largely led by U.S. companies, where dividends totalled $122.5 billion – up 9.6% from a year ago. Dividends in the region accounted for 57% of pay outs in the quarter, although this is largely a quirk of seasonality: most U.S. firms pay dividends quarterly, but elsewhere in the world payments are made just once or twice a year. 

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Holly Black  is Senior Editor, Morningstar.co.uk

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